Preliminary work on a new primary school which will serve the Kettering East housing development has got under way.
The school, which will be built just north of Cranford Road and close to its junction with Barton Road, is due to open in less than a year’s time, in time for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Kettering East plan will eventually see 5,500 homes built – with a requirement for community facilities, including new primary schools, coming with it.
A spokesman for Kettering Council has confirmed that the early stages of work have begun, although final planning details concerning the school’s development are yet to be rubber-stamped.
The spokesman added: “The developers are carrying out some site preparation works, with our agreement, whilst waiting for the final conditions to be discharged, which should be this week.
“Once those conditions have been met, they can start building proper. This will involve at first constructing the temporary road and site compounds, then the school.”
The new school has to be up and running before the first 300 new Kettering East homes are lived in.
It will be run by the Church of England and administered by the Diocese of Peterborough after its bid to do so was accepted by Northamptonshire County Council in June.
In July, the scheme’s developers Alledge Brook told the Northants Telegraph that £14.5m of Government funding would kick-start various aspects of the scheme, including the first new primary school.
Work is also set to get under way on a number of new access roads to the Kettering East development – although the new junction 10A of the A14 will now not be built until 2,700 homes are occupied.
Kettering borough councillor Jonathan Bullock, whose Queen Eleanor and Buccleuch ward includes most of the land on which Kettering East will be built, said residents were concerned about how the road system will cope, and said villages such as Cranford needed protection.
He added: “The major issue has been the roads – blockages will occur.”